“If profanity had an influence on the flight of the ball, the game of golf would be played far better than it is.” – Horace G. Hutchinson.
The year started with such optimism, not just a new year but a new decade, a clean slate, and a chance to finally cut our handicaps. But no sooner had 2020 begun, we were locked down due to COVID-19, the courses were closed, and dreams of playing on tour were dashed…
Finally, in mid-May, the restrictions were eased, courses were re-opened and the mad-dash to the first tee began. But what a lot of us, ourselves included, overlooked, was the rust that had set in over the 6 weeks. With courses opening before many ranges, people went straight to the course without so much as a practice swing expecting to play just as they had done pre-lockdown.
Golf is a game that takes time, both physically and mentally, and consciously we all know this…but somehow, just knowing it doesn’t help. So what can you do to mentally prepare for the course after a long time away?
Mentally, golf can be difficult. When things don’t go your way like a missed putt, or a lost ball, it’s easy to get despondent. We easily lose focus and motivation. Therefore, it is important that during these times of rust, you take particular care of yourself (mentally) on the course to avoid falling out of love with the game you’ve waited so long to play.
It’s easy for others to say, “don’t be so hard on yourself” or “just enjoy it” but how can you help yourself? Take your time, relax and reflect after each shot. If you top one 3 yards, remember it’s been a while and you haven’t been to the range. Simply reset before your next shot. Don’t sprint to the ball and try to take the paint from the ball, be realistic with what you expect to happen, or what can happen on the course.
Similarly, if you know what you want out of golf, take the time to utilise goal setting. I’m sure you’ve all heard of it, but how many know how to effectively use it to your advantage, both short and long term?
Quite simply, goal setting is the use of attainable targets to enhance motivation, performances, or both.
A golfer commonly has one, overarching outcome goal, this is your desired end performance result in comparison to another golfer, for example, bettering your playing partners on the course. To do this, there are a set of smaller, more attainable, performance goals that should be used. These are goals about your desired performance compared to your previous performances, for example, parring a hole you bogied last time.
In order to achieve these successfully, you must focus on the processes involved. These processes are entirely under your control and help you achieve both short term performance goals and your overarching outcome goals. For example, if you want to find more fairways, you would work on your driver at the range.
Utilising these goals can be a simple way of helping get back into the swing of the game you love. By setting and achieving simpler, attainable goals, you’ll break down your larger, more daunting ones, benefiting both your performances and your motivation to continue playing.
Throughout the coming months we will be providing more ways to improve your psychology both on and off the course, and hope to help you reduce your scores and increase your enjoyment.
Even if I can’t help myself…
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For more psychology resources visit psych-chek, and to learn more about the different types of goal setting this book chapter explores and breaks goals down in golf-specific settings.
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This week’s blog is a guide to some of the best accommodation in Cyprus. With great weather, spectacular golf courses and fantastic deals, it comes as no surprise that Cyprus is widely considered to be an up and coming golf destination. For the perfect golf escape filled with sun, sea and golf, Cyprus is truly an unbeatable option. Whether you are looking for a luxury golf holiday at a five-star hotel, or a fantastic golf break at great value, a Cyprus has something for everyone.
First up is the Aphrodite Hills Hotel, a luxury five-star hotel located in the well-known Aphrodite Hills Resort. The Aphrodite Hills Hotel is the perfect choice for all those looking to make their next golf holiday their most luxurious yet; the hotel is undeniably five-star in every aspect, ranging from its facilities, service, and guest rooms. The hotel is set in arm’s reach of the centre of Paphos, one of Cyprus’s key destinations. Conveniently for all guests here who are looking to visit the stunning sandy beach or have a fun evening out, the hotel runs a complimentary shuttle service into the centre of Paphos. Therefore, guests can enjoy the best of both worlds here; they are set in an idyllic position on a plateau overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, but they can also easily venture into the nearby town to do a spot of exploring. The Aphrodite Hills Hotel is not just perfectly located for guests to make the most out of Cyprus’s best towns and beaches; it is also perfectly positioned for guests to enjoy some of the area’s best golf courses. The Aphrodite Hills Hotel neighbours one of Cyprus’s best golf courses, the Aphrodite Hills, PGA National Cyprus, so a fantastic round of golf is never in far reach from guests at the hotel. Even for non-golfers, the Aphrodite Hills Hotel has plenty of things to do and see; the Aphrodite Hills Hotel is home to one of the best spa centres on the island, so guests here are never without an opportunity to indulge and relax. Alternatively, the more active guest can head to the Aphrodite Hills Tennis Academy for a leisurely game of tennis or some private tuition.
Alternatively, for all those looking for the same standards of accommodation as the five-star Aphrodite Hills Hotel but with a self-catering accommodation option, the Aphrodite Hills Holiday Residences is a great choice. The Aphrodite Hills Residences neighbours the Aphrodite Hills Hotel in the Aphrodite Hills Resort located in the outskirts of Paphos, so guests can enjoy a wonderfully relaxing golf holiday in an idyllic spot overlooking the sea, but they can easily travel into the centre of town if they are looking to explore the local area. The Aphrodite Hills Residences comprises of a range of luxury villas and apartments, all of which are very spacious in their design with all of the necessary essentials to ensure that all guests have an unbeatable stay. A self-catering golf holiday is a perfect choice for all those looking to have a relaxing stay without the need to always have to find somewhere to eat; even if guests find themselves looking for an evening off of cooking duty, they can simply head into the centre of Paphos where they will find a huge range of bars and restaurants to enjoy some authentic Cypriot food. Guests staying in the Aphrodite Hills Residences are never without an opportunity to appreciate the resort’s stunning setting from their own private balcony or terrace which overlooks the neighbouring Aphrodite Hills, PGA National Cyprus, or the Mediterranean Sea. All of the accommodation here, whether guests choose to stay in a spacious luxury villa or a modern apartment, come fully furnished with fully equipped kitchens, a seating area, en suite bathrooms, and the villas come with their own spacious outdoor swimming pools.
Yet another fantastic accommodation option for your next golf holiday in Cyprus is the Thanos Almyra Hotel, yet another superb five-star hotel located in the vibrant and charming town of Paphos. Guests at the Thanos Almyra Hotel truly could not be in a better position to make the most out of all the region has to offer; the hotel faces a long stretch of Blue Flag status beach, so guests here are never without an opportunity to make the most out of one of Cyprus’s beautiful beaches. For an afternoon of exploring or a fun evening out, guests can walk a few minutes down the road into the centre of Paphos where they will find a great range of bars, shops and restaurants. While the location of the Thanos Almyra Hotel is undeniably a key selling point, positioned just a stone’s throw away from a beautiful beach and the centre of Paphos, the entire hotel has very recently undergone a four-million-euro complete renovation, meaning all of the guest rooms, public areas and facilities have been refurbished to the highest standard. The new décor in guest rooms mirrors the hotel’s coastal setting with light and modern furnishings, and as many of the guest rooms face the Mediterranean Sea, guests can easily appreciate the hotel’s stunning setting from their own private balcony or terrace. As the Thanos Almyra Hotel has just 187 guest rooms, guests can enjoy personalised service from staff to help them have their most relaxing golf holiday to date. When guests have had enough of relaxing and want to seek an opportunity to set their hearts racing and their temper rising, then they can just visit one of the many spectacular golf courses surrounding the Thanos Almyra Hotel; the Aphrodite Hills Golf Club, PGA National, Minthis Golf Club and the Elea Golf Club are all located within a twenty-minute drive of the hotel.
The high standards and quality of the Thanos brand is consistent across all of its hotels, including the Thanos Hotel Annabelle. The hotel is ideally located for all of its guests to enjoy the best of all worlds on their golf holiday; the Thanos Hotel Annabelle is set just a stone’s throw away from the centre of Paphos, a beautiful sandy beach, and the Paphos harbour is also just a few minutes away on foot. During the day, guests at the hotel can enjoy a gruelling round of golf on either the Aphrodite Hills, Elea Golf Club, Minthis Golf Club or the Secret Valley, then enjoy a spot of lunch at the Paphos harbour. While the centre of Paphos is home to a host of different bars and restaurants to suit every preference and budget, the Thanos Hotel Annabelle is home to four different restaurants and five bars, so guests are never without choice if they choose, they want to stay local in the evening. Even for non-golfers, the Thanos Hotel Annabelle has plenty of options to offer its guests, even when they are taking a break from lounging on the nearby beach or exploring the vibrant town of Paphos. Guests at the Thanos Hotel Annabelle can enjoy an unbeatably relaxing golf break as the hotel is set in six acres of tropical gardens facing the sea, views of which can be enjoyed from all of its guest rooms. However, once guests have had enough of some ‘R and R’, they can enjoy a range of water sports on offer at the local beach, or the can even head to the hotel’s comprehensive spa centre for a well-deserved massage or treatment.
Another spectacular five-star luxury hotel in Cyprus is the Olympic Lagoon Hotel; with great facilities, impeccable service and an unbeatable location, you could not find a better base for your next golf holiday in Cyprus. At the Olympic Lagoon Hotel, guests are just a stone’s throw away from a beautiful white sandy beach and the centre of Paphos. Guests at the Olympic Lagoon Hotel are guaranteed a fantastic stay here in the newly renovated guest rooms and refurbished facilities. Due to its excellent location and facilities, the Olympic Lagoon Hotel would not just be a great choice for a golf holiday with lots of friends; it would also be a great choice for a relaxing couple’s getaway or a family holiday. The hotel is home to a host of facilities to keep every member of the family entertained; the children can head to the hotel’s children’s club, or to enjoy some well-deserved ‘R and R’, guests can head to the comprehensive spa facility. Furthermore, as the Olympic Lagoon Hotel offers a superb all-inclusive accommodation option, guests can indulge all they wish on their golf break without the worry of a hefty bill at the end of their stay. While the hotel is just a short distance into the centre of the lively centre of Paphos, the hotel itself has plenty of options should guests choose to stay local and make the most out of the all-inclusive option; the Olympic Lagoon Hotel is home to five excellent restaurants and five bars to suit all tastes and occasions.
At the Alexander the Great Beach Hotel, guests could truly not be in a better position to make the most out of all that Paphos has to offer. Whether golfers are looking to challenge the greens of the best golf courses in Cyprus, catch a tan on the neighbouring Blue Flag beach, or grab a spot of lunch in the centre of Paphos. Just a five-minute walk down from the hotel takes guests to the harbour where they will find a great range of bars, restaurants and shops to enjoy a relaxing afternoon. Guests are never without an opportunity to make the most out of the hotel’s beautiful coastal setting as most of the 202 guest rooms here include full or partial sea views which can be admired from a private balcony or terrace. The Alexander the Great Beach Hotel is the ideal choice for couples and golfers looking for a fantastic beach holiday with all a good dose of luxury and elegance; the service at the hotel is unbeatable, there are loads of facilities to keep all guests entertained, and the guest rooms are especially modern and spacious, even for a luxury hotel. To relax after a gruelling round of golf on either the Elea Golf Club, the Aphrodite Hills, PGA National Cyprus or the Secret Valley, guests can lounge around one of the two outdoor swimming pools or head to the hotel spa.
Last but not least is the Dionysos Central, a centrally located three-star hotel which offers golfers superb value for money. The hotel is positioned in the heart of the Paphos resort, meaning a fun evening out or an afternoon of exploring is always on the cards. The Dionysos Central has everything a golfer could possibly want for an unbeatable golf escape in Cyprus; the hotel is situated just a stone’s throw away from town and the beach, the staff are committed to ensuring guests have a comfortable stay, and there is a good range of facilities to preoccupy guests while they are taking a break from the local beach or challenging the local golf courses. The hotel offers guests to make the most out of both worlds; guests will find themselves positioned sufficiently far away from the centre of town so they can avoid all of the hustle and bustle and enjoy some well-deserved tranquillity, but they are also just a short walk to the harbour for a spot of light lunch or a fun evening out. If guests want to take a break from relaxing at one of the local beaches, they can head to the outdoor swimming pool, or enjoy a drink at the pool bar. However, if golfers want to dedicate their holiday to exploring all of the fantastic golf on offer, then the Dionysos Central is the perfect hotel for them; four of the region’s best golf courses are located within a half an hour drive away from the hotel.
We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog on some of the best hotels and resorts in Cyprus. With such a great range of hotels, Cyprus should undoubtedly be a strong contender for your next luxury golf holiday. Home to spectacular golf courses, beautiful beaches and a warm climate, it has everything a golfer could ever need for an unforgettable golf escape.
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This week’s blog is a guide to the four courses of Cyprus. In recent years, Cyprus has gained a brilliant reputation for being a superb golf break destination. Many players will return year after year to enjoy the luxurious hotels and great golf courses – make sure that you get a piece of that luxury by booking your next golf escape to Cyprus today.
Cyprus boasts a rich history, culture and a mild, year-round climate which makes it the ideal place for a golf escape. Whether you are travelling with golfers or non-golfers, everyone will find something enjoyable to do whether it is lying on one of the sandy beaches, visiting historical sites or taking part in the many leisure activities found within the different resorts. In Paphos, you can find a beautiful harbour situated to the south of the country, there is plenty to do here and some beautiful bars and restaurants to enjoy. There is no doubt that a golf escape to Cyprus would be an enjoyable one so take a look at these brilliant courses and the resorts associated with them – or you can just give us a call and we will sort you a great golf holiday.
First up, we have Aphrodite Hills, PGA National Cyprus which is situated in South Cyprus, the course opened for play in 2002 and was designed by the world-renowned golf architect, Cabell Robinson. The course is situated within the Aphrodite Hills Resort which is the largest golf resort in Cyprus and boasts a hotel, apartments and villas for guests. The course is a great mix of challenging pot bunkers, beautifully manicured fairways of Bermuda grass and generous, tiered greens. As you play, you wind your way through olive and carob trees, and you can enjoy stunning views over the Mediterranean Sea.
Whilst the trees add to the scenery, they can pose a threat to your game as they are lying in wait for any errant shots. There are some truly magnificent holes along the course including the 3rd hole which is the lengthiest and most challenging hole along the course. For most players, you can play this hole as an uphill par 4 but for those more experienced players, you can play the hole as a par 5 from the back tees.
The 7th hole is another outstanding hole, it is a stunning par 3 where the green is positioned so that you must make a long carry over the ravine. The signature hole of the course is the 8th which boasts a panoramic view of the ocean from the tee, this is a breath-taking hole and is not one to miss out on!
Of course, if you are looking to play this great course, you should take a look at some of the accommodation options for you. The Aphrodite Hills Hotel is a five-star hotel which boasts luxurious rooms, brilliant leisure facilities and world-class service. The hotel also boasts three fantastic restaurants where you can find delicious Asian cuisine, authentic Mediterranean cuisine and a buffet restaurant. Each of the rooms is beautifully decorated and boasts beautiful views of the neighbouring golf course, the sea, pool or the garden. You can choose to upgrade to a suite which are perfect for young families. There are many leisure activities that you can enjoy during your stay including the fitness centre, the tennis courts and a spacious pool area with sun beds. You can enjoy a range of health and beauty treatments within the Retreat Spa.
Alternatively, you can enjoy a stay within Aphrodite Hills Residences where you can choose from a range of accommodation from luxury apartments to five bedrooms villas. Each accommodation option comes with a fully-equipped kitchen as well as a private terrace or balcony. You can opt for villas that sleep up to 10 people, these five-bedroom villas boast their own private swimming pool. Whilst you are staying within the Residences, you can self-cater, but you can also enjoy all of the restaurants and bars within the Hotel and across the Resort. You can also make use of all of the leisure facilities that guests from the Hotel have access to, including the spa. One of the best things about Aphrodite Hills Resort, regardless of where you choose to stay, is that the resort provides frequent shuttle buses to and from the town of Paphos where you can find a range of superb bars and restaurants as well as a lovely harbour to walk around. For your next golf break to Cyprus – look no further than a stay at Aphrodite Hills Resort and a round on the PGA National.
Elea Golf Club is a brilliant par 71 golf course situated in an idyllic location above the Mediterranean Sea. The course boasts a stunning landscape and has been beautifully carved through a dramatic terrain which is full of character. The course was designed with input from Sir Nick Faldo and boasts many distinctive features typical of his designs. There is no doubt that this course poses a stern test of golf, there is an array of hazards situated along the course waiting to damage your scorecard. However, although the course is full of hazards, the more amateur golfer can enjoy this stunning course, too.
There is no doubt that this is a testing round of golf, every skill that you have developed as a golfer will be tested during this round. The course is considered to be an iconic parkland course in Cyprus but there is a links-feel to many of the holes due to their generous fairways and Arizona-style areas of wasteland.
The par 4 4th hole is perhaps the most outrageously bunkered hole in Europe, two irregularly shaped bunkers must be avoided from the tee in order to find sanctuary on the fairway, there is then the bridged green that slopes up at the front and then cants away towards the back – this green is heavily protected to the left and right by bunkers. The course’s signature hole is considered to be the par 4 17th hole. This hole has been nicknamed “Bobby Jones”, again, this is another hole which features lots of bunkers but also, a severely sloping fairway. You may be pleased to know that there are three bunker-less holes along the course! This is a superb golf course and one that you can enjoy whilst staying at the Aphrodite Hills Resort – either in the Hotel or in the Residences.
Next up, we have the par 71 18-hole championship course at Secret Valley which is uniquely situated at the base of a long valley that extends right out to the Mediterranean Sea. The course is situated just 18km from the lively resort of Paphos and opened for play in 1996.
Secret Valley is a two-time winner of the Best Golf Course in Cyprus and it isn’t hard to see why. The course winds its way through a spectacular valley consisting of distinctive coloured Sty Kingly rock formations. In the mornings and the evenings, you can enjoy some beautiful sights created by the shadows – another good thing about playing during the mornings and the evenings is that you can avoid the burning heat of the day.
The front nine holes of the course are quite forgiving, but you must bring your best game with you if you are to score well on the back nine. As they boast different layouts, and their own distinctive features, you are set to have an excellent round of golf filled with varied play. With an array of hazards set along the course in order to challenge your scorecard, a stunning location with a beautiful setting, it is no surprise that this course is so highly recommended for your next golf break to Cyprus. Enjoy a stay at the Aphrodite Hills Hotel or within the Aphrodite Hills Residences as you can easily venture out to play a round here or at the other golf courses in the area, including the PGA National onsite of the Aphrodite Hills Resort.
Last, but certainly not least, is Minthis Golf Club. Minthis Golf Club is situated on an elevated position of 550 metres above sea level which means that even during the summer months, you can enjoy a refreshing sea breeze. The course was designed by Donald Steel and it blends effortlessly into its beautiful surroundings, it is no surprise that this course is a favourite amongst golfers.
The course measures to just under 600 metres long and plays to a par 71. Due to the range of tee options, this course is suitable for golfers of all levels which makes it a perfect holiday course. However, this does not mean that you won’t find it a challenge. A unique feature of the club is the fact that it boasts captivating views over a 12th century monastery and the nearby Troodos Mountains. Of course, due to its position, there is the sea breeze coming into play which can make things difficult and may cause a few wayward shots! This is a fantastic course filled with a variety of holes, you can enjoy the short par 4 12th hole which boasts a steep, hazardous valley off on the left. This is followed by the signature 13th hole which is a challenging par 3, it is impossible to convey how brilliant this hole – it is one that you must try out for yourself – but it does include an island green surrounded by hazardous water.
If you are looking to play a round or two at Minthis Golf Club, we highly recommend you stay at the Dionysos Central. This three-star property is situated in the heart of the resort town of Paphos. It is a great value properly just a short walk from the beach and the harbour as well as range of great bars and restaurants. This is ideal if you are looking to stay in the midst of the action, you can enjoy the vibrant nightlife and attractions within the town, but you can also take a short walk to the lovely beaches. The rooms within the hotel offer the essential amenities for your stay including a mini fridge, a satellite TV, complimentary Wi-Fi and a safe as well as a private balcony. You can enjoy lounging around the hotel’s large outdoor pool and take advantage of the hotel’s evening entertainment. There are three restaurants and two bars within the hotel, and you can easily venture out of the hotel to the other restaurants and bars of Paphos.
We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you will take a further look at these outstanding golf courses and the resorts that you could have the pleasure of staying within. Give us a call if you have any questions or queries, we can always tailor make a golf break suited perfectly to you and whoever you are travelling with.
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Many discerning golfers also love delicious wines and this blog is a guide to our top five destinations for a wine and golf tour. Now that we are in 2019, it is time to start thinking about your next golf break and one of these destinations may just be perfect for you.
The five-star Hotel Peralada Wine Spa and Golf boasts a brilliant location situated in the heart of the Alt Emporda region. The hotel is surrounded by the brilliant Peralada golf course which is a popular course among holiday golfers as it isn’t overly long but boasts some unique and challenging holes along the course. The 18th is a particularly special hole as it is a long par-3 over water which has been known to ruin a few scorecards! Not only is the hotel perfect for golf, but also for exploring the local area as there are some of the best beaches in the Costa Brava region within 15-minute drive.
There are just 64 guestrooms within the hotel and all of them are modern and feature bright décor as well as all of the amenities and facilities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including plasma-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi access. Besides playing on the brilliant Peralada course, you can work out in the gym, relax in the wine spa which offers a range of treatments or relax around the hotel’s outdoor pool. Guests within the hotel also have complimentary access to the casino which is situated in the medieval Peralada Castle just 800 metres from the resort. The hotel’s restaurant, Restaurant l’Olivera boasts an extensive menu filled with delicious Mediterranean cuisine and magnificent views over the golf course. Within the restaurant, you can also enjoy beautiful wines from the region and abroad which perfectly compliment your meals. Hotel Peralada Wine Spa and Golf is a beautifully well-appointed boutique hotel situated in the heart of the Costa Brava which makes it the perfect base for your next golf escape.
Another recommendation for your next wine and golf tour would be Fancourt. You can choose between staying in the Manor House or the Fancourt Hotel but whichever you choose, you will have easy access to the three fantastic Fancourt golf courses as well as beautiful South African wines. The resort boasts four different restaurants which serve international cuisine made from fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. The hotel also boasts a bar that offers regional wines and a spacious garden terrace. Whilst you are staying at either property on the resort, you can enjoy activities such as tennis, running and walking trails, bird watching and fishing.
The five-star Manor House is set on the 1,500-acre Fancourt Estate and was remodelled to create a boutique hotel which is a beautifully luxurious space for couples, families or small groups to enjoy. The Manor House boasts a garden and terrace on which you can enjoy a few glasses of wine and enjoy the views.
The five-star Fancourt Hotel boasts luxurious accommodation, a wellness centre and elegant guest rooms which boast beautiful views of the Outeniqua Mountains. All of the rooms boast a minibar and a satellite TV as well as free toiletries and a private bathroom. The hotel’s spa features an indoor heated Roman Bath as well as a leisure centre where you can find a kid’s club, a fitness centre, a cinema and an outdoor swimming pool.
The three golf courses situated at the Fancourt Resort are the main reason for you to choose this resort for your next golf holiday and it isn’t hard to see why. The Fancourt Links course is a prime example of a magnificently designed golf course and is undoubtedly the most impressive course in South Africa. This course frequently ranks as one of the top courses and it isn’t hard to see why. The Montagu course is beautifully landscape across lush countryside with the majestic Outeniqua Mountains as the backdrop and both this course and the Outeniqua courses also rank highly in the world rankings of golf courses.
With three superb golf courses, extensive leisure facilities, world-class restaurant and special surroundings, what more could you be looking for for your next golf break?
The five-star Vidago Palace is situated just an hour from the centre of the city of Porto and five minutes’ drive from the centre of Vidago. The hotel is surrounded by beautiful scenery and the hotel itself is the perfect blend between the Belle Epoque style and modern luxury. Whilst you are here, you can enjoy relaxing around the vanity pool, in the extensive spa or play a round on the fantastic Vidago Palace Golf Course. Within the spa, you can find indoor and outdoor swimming pools, vitality pool, a Turkish bath, a sauna, relaxation rooms, a juice bar and a gym as well as twenty different treatment rooms.
All of the rooms within the hotel boast essential amenities and facilities including LCD TVs and work desks as well as spacious seating areas and beautiful ensuite bathrooms. There are four different restaurants within the hotel, including the stylish main restaurant, a spa bar and the poolside bar and grill. For you wine lovers, you can enjoy the most famous export wine from Vidago’s wine cellar.
Of course, the main attraction at Vidago Palace is the very special Vidago Palace Golf. The course reopened in 2010 after extensive remodelling as a new, 18-hole championship golf course. The course has retained many original elements from the parkland holes and there are newer holes which have been carved through the valley. This course is the perfect blend of its original design and new, modern design. The greens were enlarged during the remodel and have been reshaped to USGA standards. Throughout the course, you can enjoy stunning scenery and four different tee positions from different heights as well as lengths to make sure that this course can be enjoyed by all golfers!
If you are looking for a special golf escape to Portugal where you can enjoy delicious food and wine, play a few rounds on a fantastic golf course and enjoy extensive facilities within the hotel then look no further than Vidago Palace. It is no surprise that this fantastic hotel made our list of recommendations for your next golf and wine tour…
Situated in the stunning region of Bordeaux is the new luxurious Golf du Medoc Hotel. The hotel is located within 200 acres of French countryside situated just outside of the city of Bordeaux and features two brilliant golf courses onsite. It is no surprise that this resort is considered to be one of the most renowned golfing destinations in France and is the perfect place for you to enjoy wonderful golf and wine in this wine producing region.
The hotel offers beautiful four-star accommodation which is set opposite the two 18-hole golf courses. Each of the 79 rooms and suites are decorated in natural tones and boast complimentary Wi-Fi, air conditioning, flat-screen TV, a minibar, a safe and a hairdryer. Within the hotel, you can find extensive spa facilities which include an indoor heated swimming pool, a Hamman, a fitness centre and beauty treatments including reflexology.
You can find two different restaurants within the hotel; La Table du Medoc serves gourmet cuisine and boasts a very impressive wine list whilst Le Club serves a variety of snacks and is situated by the golf courses – perfect for a post-round snack. Besides the great wine, the two golf courses are the most impressive thing about the Golf du Medoc Hotel and it isn’t hard to see why.
Les Chateaux is the bigger course of the two and is highly regarded as being one of the best courses in France and has been awarded titles such as “The Best Course in France” in both 2014 and 2016 at the World Golf Awards. The course spans over 6,900 yards of French countryside and boasts large fairways and extreme rough areas. The idea of the course was to incorporate the best of the Bordeaux region and this course has not disappointed. This is a captivating golfing experience with heather-lined fairways, immaculate greens and strong, coastal breezes to pose a stern challenge to golfers of all abilities. A fantastic course that will require you to use every club in your bag.
The other course situated at this brilliant golfing resort is the Les Vignes course. This superb course was created in 1991 and has been embedded into the landscape of this stunning, wine-producing region. The course is of similar length to its sister course at just over 6,800 yards and boasts plenty of long pars which are finished with immaculate, fast-paced greens which are almost always surrounded by strategically-placed obstacles. Much like its sister course, a round on this course will challenge your consistency and will provide you with an exciting round from start to finish.
A stay at the Golf du Medoc resort is a perfect choice for golf and wine lovers alike.
Our final suggestion for your next wine and golf tour is a stay within the Lisbon region. Lisbon is the stunning capital city of Portugal and is considered to be one of the most vibrant and historic cities in Europe. You can find brilliant hotels and even better golf at Lisbon Sports Club within the area or, if you are happy to stay outside of the city you can venture up to the Obidos region. Of course, as a capital city, you can find an abundance of brilliant restaurants and bars where you can sample some exquisite food and drink, including very special wines.
Lisbon Sports Club was designed by Hawtree and Sons and is a charming 18-hole parkland course which is situated just outside the greater Lisbon area just 20 minutes from the city centre. This is a perfect course for you to play either when you just arrive or right before you fly home as it is situated just a short drive from Lisbon airport. The course is a short one at just under 5,300 metres off the back tees, so it is suitable for those looking for a great, holiday-style course which is playable by golfers of all abilities. There is a stream running through the course which comes in to play on 12 of the 18 holes but otherwise, this is a friendly course with lovely scenery and a great location.
Venturing out of the city, you can explore all areas of the Lisbon region including the Estoril, Sintra and Cascais triangles on the coast to the northwest and on the south, you can find several brilliant courses on the Costa Azul. An hour to the north, you can find Praia d’el Rey and Royal Obidos.
The key golfing areas include Obidos and Cascais. Obidos is widely considered to be one of the most picturesque towns in Portugal and boasts beautiful resorts and courses. The Royal Obidos course is a very special course with unique and challenging holes right from the first one. The second nine holes lie in the central and southern section of the development and six of them meander between an intricate ecosystem of lakes which are interconnected by cascading streams. Also, north of Lisbon, is Praia d’el Rey which is one of Europe’s finest courses, this classic links course is spread over dunes and cliffs with pines inland which are lying in wait to collect any errant shots. This course is a real test of golf to even the most discerning golfers and it is no surprise that we recommend this course to any travelling t the Lisbon region. No matter where you choose to holiday within the Lisbon region, you can find great wine, great golf and great weather and culture.
We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that next time you are thinking about booking a golf holiday, you think of the great golf and wine that you could enjoy if you choose one of these resorts or destinations for your next golf escape.
This week’s blog is a guide to some of our four-star favourite hotels which boast fantastic facilities, excellent locations and superb golf that you can enjoy. With the sun starting to come out, it is time to start thinking about your summer golf escape to make sure that you get to enjoy some sunshine and some beautiful golf this year…
The excellent four-star Praia Verde Boutique Hotel boasts an amazing location just nine minutes’ walk from the beach in the heart of Eastern Algarve. The hotel is set amongst lush green pine trees, so you can enjoy the feeling of peace and tranquillity, but you are just five minutes’ drive from the centre of Monte Gordo where there is a variety of different bars and restaurants to enjoy. This is a beautiful and classy hotel with comfortable and spacious rooms which are fully-equipped with all of the amenities that you could need including free Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV. As you are so close to so many bars and restaurants, you may choose to eat out but if you decide to remain within the hotel, you won’t be disappointed as the hotel’s restaurant serves homemade, delicious cuisine. This is a great little hotel with everything that you could possibly need for a brilliant golf break to the Algarve with an outdoor pool, the beach and a great town nearby and fantastic golf at Quinta do Vale.
The charming Montado Hotel and Golf Resort is situated just 30 minutes south of Lisbon and boasts its own 18-hole golf course on site as well as other excellent facilities. The great thing about Montado Hotel and Golf Resort is that it is situated in a beautiful and tranquil location surrounded by the region’s best vineyards, but it is also just 15 minutes from the historic city centre of Setubal and five minutes’ drive from Palmela village. Each of the guestrooms boasts a contemporary theme and boasts a flat-screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities as well as stunning views overlooking the golf course. At the hotel’s Pitch and Putt Bar, you can enjoy a range of light meals, drinks or pastries whilst overlooking the golf course. The hotel’s main restaurant offers a superb menu with a collaboration of regional and international dishes. Whilst you are not enjoying a round on the Montado golf course, you can access the hotel’s spa facilities or go for a swim in the pool. Whether you are looking to travel with friends, family or a group, this is an excellent four-star hotel for you to choose for your next golf break to the Lisbon area.
Hotel Alicante Golf is a brilliant four-star hotel situated on the stunning Costa Blanca. Situated just ten minutes’ walk from the beach (there is a free transfer during the summer months) and set in beautiful gardens sits this lovely hotel which also features its own 18-hole golf course as well as other excellent facilities. Whilst you are not enjoying a round of brilliant golf, you can relax around the hotel’s outdoor pool or in the designated relax area. There is also the hotel’s spa for you to enjoy which boasts an indoor pool, a sauna and a massage service. The hotel is situated along Playa San Juan where there is a fantastic array of bars and restaurants for you to enjoy which means that you will never be short of some great food and wine during your stay here. It is no surprise that Hotel Alicante Golf is one of our recommendations for a brilliant golf escape to the Alicante area with everything that you could need or want for a fantastic golf break.
Last, but certainly not least, is the brilliant Crete Golf Club Hotel where you can enjoy world-class service at a stunning hotel in an excellent location. The hotels itself is situated at The Crete Golf Club which is a fantastic 18-hole championship course in Hersonissos. Whilst you are not out enjoying a fantastic round of golf, you can spend time relaxing around the hotel’s pool which is a beautiful infinity pool which boasts stunning views overlooking the golf course, the nearby mountains and the sea. Alternatively, you can use the hotel’s well-equipped fitness centre. All of the hotel’s rooms are fitted with all of the facilities and amenities that you could possibly want or need for a brilliant golf escape including flat-screen TV and Wi-Fi. If you are looking for somewhere where there is plenty to do in the local area, then this is a great one for you as Aquaworld Aquarium and Labyrinth Park are just over a mile away from the hotel. The popular resort of Malia is just 15 minutes’ drive from the hotel and boasts great nightlife and stunning beaches. With so much to do, see, eat and drink in the hotel and the hotel’s local area as well as the superb golf course onsite, this is the perfect place for your next golf holiday.
We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that this blog has piqued your interest about some of the excellent hotels and golf courses that you can enjoy somewhere sunny this year…
This week’s blog is a UK Special on the great golf resorts and course that are on offer right here in the UK. Although it is a little cold outside, there is nothing better than a great round of golf in some refreshing and bright conditions which you can get without travelling too far. Take a look at some of these brilliant resorts and their courses and book your next UK golf escape for 2018 now…
First up, we have The Oxfordshire which is an excellent four-star hotel with luxury rooms and extensive spa facilities just 20 minutes’ drive from the centre of Oxford. Each of the rooms is very spacious with luxury furnishings and in each of the ensuite bathrooms, there are luxury toiletries. You can also enjoy access to your private balcony from your room from which you can look out across the beautiful surroundings of the hotel. In each of the rooms, there is also a flat-screen TV and air conditioning. Whilst you are not playing a round on the fantastic championship Oxfordshire golf course, you can spend time relaxing in the hotel’s Tempus Health and Fitness Centre where you have access to a swimming pool, a sauna, a hot tub, a modern gym as well as an array of different health and beauty treatments to choose from. This hotel boasts a fantastic location nearby to many cities as well as excellent services and facilities for you to enjoy here.
The four-star Dale Hill Hotel and Golf Club is situated in the heart of the East Sussex countryside and boasts everything that you would need to have an excellent golf break including two 18-hole golf courses, beautiful scenery, a modern leisure centre and an award-winning restaurant. Each of the bedrooms boast private ensuite bathrooms, cosy seating areas and work desks and some of the rooms boast balconies from which you can look out onto the stunning golf course from. The award-winning Wealden View Restaurant serves delicious British cuisine and boasts an extensive wine list that would suit any diner! You can spend time relaxing in the hotel’s elegant bar where you can find a range of different drinks and snacks available. Whilst you are not out playing on one of the impressive golf courses where you can soak up magnificent views of mature woodland and parkland, you can relax in the hotel’s leisure centre where you can find an indoor swimming pool, a sauna and a gym. This hotel boasts two fantastic golf courses on site as well as easy access to Royal Tunbridge Wells where you can find an array of different bars, restaurants and shops as well as activities to enjoy – this is a perfect destination for your next UK golf break.
Next up is the excellent four-star Sandford Springs Hotel and Golf Club which is situated in the heart of Hampshire and boasts three challenging 9-hole golf courses on site where guests can enjoy preferred tee times. Each of the luxurious rooms within the hotel has an ensuite bathroom with a power shower and complimentary toiletries and in the bedroom, you can find a flat-screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities and free Wi-Fi. You can enjoy having breakfast served in your room each morning and for other meals, you can enjoy eating at the clubhouse’s Kingsclere Bar and Restaurant. This hotel boasts a great location halfway between Newbury and Basingstoke where there is so much to do and see. This is the perfect choice for your next golf holiday within the UK if you are looking for a small and luxurious hotel to enjoy with extensive golf facilities.
The impressive four-star Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf and Spa is set amongst beautiful Cheshire countryside just ten miles from the city of Chester. The hotel itself boasts two fantastic golf courses (Championship & Premier), extensive spa facilities, an award-winning restaurant and an indoor pool onsite of the hotel. Each of the spacious rooms within the hotel boast impressive ensuite bathrooms which have walk-in showers and huge bathtubs. Whilst you are enjoying your luxurious room, you can also look out onto stunning views of the surrounding countryside with views of the rolling hills and the two superb golf courses in sight. After you have enjoyed a round of golf, you can take a dip in the pool or enjoy the spa facilities available before returning to your room to prepare for a delicious meal at one of the hotel’s restaurants. Whilst you are staying here, you can explore stunning surroundings, play some brilliant golf and relax in a luxurious hotel which makes the Macdonald Portal Hotel an excellent choice for your next golf break.
The four-star Macdonald Aviemore is a fantastic family hotel which is located within the Cairngorm National Park. The Macdonald Aviemore Hotel is situated within the Macdonald Aviemore Resort which boasts seven different restaurants and bars, extensive leisure facilities and a nearby championship golf course. Each of the rooms within the hotel feature a flat-screen TV, a private ensuite bathroom with either a shower or bathtub and free Wi-Fi. If you are looking to stay here with your family, you can book one of the family rooms with bunk beds or pop-up beds. The hotel’s restaurant, Spey Burger, is a contemporary American-style family diner which serves delicious burgers, burritos and milkshakes as well as other American diner favourites. There are many other restaurants within the resort including Aspects Restaurant and Giovanni’s Italian Ristorante in another nearby Macdonald Hotel. This is a great hotel if you are looking for lots to do and see within a short distance of the hotel, including the brilliant Spey Valley Golf and Country Club.
The four-star Breadsall Priory Marriott Hotel and Country Club is set in a 13th century building within 300 acres of private parkland. The hotel boasts extensive facilities on-site including a spa, two 18-hole golf courses(Moorland & Priory), an indoor pool and a fitness area. Each of the bedrooms are situated within th 13th century building but boast all of the modern amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a flat-screen TV and tea and coffee making facilities. You can enjoy a delicious meal at the hotel’s Priory Restaurant which is set in an ancient wine cellar and boasts excellent food and wine. You can eat in the Tempo Restaurant and Bar for a more relaxed atmosphere but still excellent food and drink. This is a beautiful and interesting hotel with the Breadsall Priory golf course within easy access from the hotel.
Another excellent Marriott Hotel is the five-star Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel and Country Club. The hotel is set within a 17th century house which is situated within 200 acres of private parkland and boasts its own PGA championship golf course as well as other impressive facilities like an award-winning restaurant and an extensive leisure centre. After you have enjoyed a round on the fantastic Hanbury Manor golf course, you can spend time in the leisure centre where you can find an indoor pool, a sauna, a gym, a hot tub and steam rooms to enjoy. The hotel is the perfect blend of modern luxury and old-world charm with traditionally decorated bedrooms fitted with luxury amenities including flat-screen TVs, work desks and laptop safes. The hotel boasts a great sports bar, Vardon’s, which is an old wood-panelled bar serving afternoon teas, drinks and cocktails as well as light meals and snacks. For a more substantial meal, you can enjoy sitting out on the terrace of the Cast Iron Grill enjoying a fantastic meal and looking out onto the 18th hole of Hanbury Manor golf course. If you are looking for a luxurious and beautiful hotel with a simply breathtaking golf course then look no further than the five-star Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel and Country Club for your next golf holiday within the UK.
Last, but certainly not least, is the four-star Vale Resort which is set amongst 650 acres of stunning Welsh countryside. This is a magnificent golf resort with two excellent golf courses on site – The Lake Course and Wales National. Whilst you are not playing a round on one of the great golf courses, there are plenty of other leisure facilities to keep you entertained or relaxed including an impressive gym, a large indoor pool, squash and tennis courts, a sauna, a steam room and a whirlpool bath! You can choose from the two restaurants onsite including the AA Rosette Vale Grill which serves modern welsh cuisine and boasts picturesque views over the Lake Course. Each of the rooms signifies luxury with huge luxurious beds, ensuite bathrooms with power showers and many of the rooms boast private balconies from which you can enjoy stunning views out across the Vale of Glamorgan. This resort is not only very luxurious with excellent facilities and golfing options, but it is just 15 minutes’ drive from the exciting city of Cardiff where you can find so much to do and see including extensive bars and restaurants. This is the perfect place to stay for a luxurious golf break close to a vibrant city.
We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that you will be entering 2018 by booking a brilliant golf escape with us…
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This week’s blog is a guide to some of the brilliant hotels and resorts that are on offer in the Algarve. The Algarve is known as a brilliant golfing destination due to its great weather almost year-round, excellent golf courses and luxurious hotels and resorts. With the end of 2017 fast-approaching, it is time that you start to consider your next golf escape and this is the perfect blog to help you do so.
First up we have the five-star Hilton Vilamoura which boasts an excellent location set within five of the best golf courses in the Algarve and just two minutes’ drive from the hotel is Vilamoura marina where you can find a wide range of great bars and restaurants. At the Hilton Vilamoura you can experience the ultimate luxury with lake-style outdoor pools with waterfalls and a futuristic spa as well as your rooms. Each of the rooms is decorated with a contemporary design and boasts all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a private balcony from which you can enjoy views of the nearby golf course or the hotel’s gardens. This is a hotel where you can have a very luxurious golf escape whilst playing some of the best courses on the whole of the Algarve…
Nestled in the Monchique mountains is the fantastic five-star Macdonald Monchique hotel. The hotel boasts an excellent location in an area of outstanding beauty away from the hustle and bustle of towns but in a position which means that access to some of the best courses in Vilamoura, Lagos and Silves are within easy distance from the hotel. You can spend your days here either on one of the local golf courses or relaxing by one of the outdoor pools, subject to charge, you can get the shuttle to Alvor Beach which is a beautiful place to relax! The hotel boasts four brilliant restaurants including an award-winning restaurant to a pizzeria to a tapas restaurant and an internationally themed buffet restaurant there is certainly something for everyone. If you are looking for a hotel in a stunning location away from busy places but close to some excellent golf courses then this is the perfect destination for you.
Situated in the Eastern Algarve just 20 minutes’ drive from the centre of Tavira is the brilliant Monte Rei Golf and Country Club. The Country Club is situated on the same property of the fantastic Monte Rei course which was designed by Jack Nicklaus. Here, you can stay in spacious villas which are all fully-fitted with a kitchen, living room and all of the amenities you would need for a golf break here. There is a restaurant onsite if you don’t want to self-cater all of the time which is a magnificent place to eat with high vaulted ceilings, and stunning views out across the 18th hole and the ocean. With a swimming pool, a gym and spa facilities as well as the brilliant Monte Rei course, it is no surprise that this is a golfer’s favourite.
The five-star Dona Filipa and San Lorenzo Golf Resort is a beautifully luxurious hotel situated in a fabulous location within the elite Vale do Lobo estate. Guests at the hotel have the exclusive chance to pre-book tee times at the fantastic San Lorenzo course which is just ten minutes’ drive from the hotel. On your doorstep, you have the stunning Vale do Lobo beach, the brilliant spa and many other sporting and leisure facilities to enjoy on the estate. When it comes to dining, the Primavera Restaurant serves amazing buffets with both international and regional delicacies for both breakfast and dinner. This is a fantastic hotel where you will experience nothing but high levels of service, a warm welcome and brilliant facilities (including excellent golfing opportunities).
If you are looking for a luxurious hotel situated in the centre of Vilamoura but perhaps not looking to pay extortionate prices then the five-star Tivoli Marina Vilamoura is the perfect choice for your next golf escape. The hotel is situated between the Marina and the beach and boasts excellent facilities such as its excellent spa where you can find a range of different treatment options, saunas and a hot tub. All of the rooms boast a furnished balcony from which you can look out onto the beautiful surroundings of the hotel and the rooms also feature all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including toiletries and a TV. With vast private gardens, a lovely outdoor pool, extensive spa facilities, easy access to everything that the town of Vilamoura has to offer and excellent golf courses nearby – this is the perfect hotel for your next golf break to Vilamoura.
The four-star Praia Verde Boutique Hotel is set in a lush green forest of pine trees and boasts luxurious suite accommodation in Castro Marim just five minutes’ drive from the centre of Monte Gordo and 900 yards from the stunning Praia Verde beach. Each of the very spacious suites is decorated with earthy tones and boasts a satellite TV, a balcony, a separate lounge area and a fully-fitted kitchenette. The hotel’s brilliant A Terre restaurant is a lovely place to eat where you can enjoy delicious Mediterranean food. This is a beautiful place to enjoy your next golf break with easy access to the Quinto do Vale course and the Praia Verde beach.
The five-star Lake Resort is last, but certainly not least. The hotel boasts an excellent location in the heart of the great town of Vilamoura and has become a firm favourite for people looking for a golf break with a beautifully luxurious resort. Here, you are just 350 yards from the beautiful Falesia Beach and at the hotel, there is a natural, sandy beach pool as well as a floating restaurant. Although you are located so close to some of the best restaurants and bars in Vilamoura, the hotel boasts three restaurants and two bars which range from Oriental cuisine to fresh fish to a casual pool bar so you don’t even have to leave the hotel if you don’t want to. With a prime location, great golf including all three of the Dom Pedro courses and excellent facilities onsite of the hotel, this is the ideal resort for your next golf break to Vilamoura if you are looking for ultimate luxury.
We hope that you have enjoyed this blog and that it has made you consider some of the brilliant options both hotel and golf-wise in the Algarve…
This week’s blog is a guide to some of the best hotels and their golf courses that are on offer on the Costa Blanca. The Costa Blanca comprises of 200km of Mediterranean coastline with some fantastic coastal destinations for your next golf escape. With brilliant weather for most of the months of the year, delicious Mediterranean cuisine and incredible resorts and golf courses there is nowhere better to escape to…
The five-star La Finca Hotel Golf and Spa Resort offers guests brilliant value for money and boasts a superb location set in La Finca Golf Course. Whilst you are not on the La Finca Golf Course or one of the other golf courses in the area, you can spend time doing other sporting activities like tennis and the gym, relaxing at the hotel by the hotel or in the spa. The spa boasts all of the amenities that you would expect including a sauna, a hot tub and a range of different treatments available. Each of the lovely rooms here at the hotel boasts either golf course views or views of the outdoor pool area. If you are looking to leave the hotel, Alicante Murcia are just 40 minutes’ drive away and there are the brilliant beaches of Guardamar del Segura and Torrevieja just 15 minutes from the hotel. Within the hotel, you can find its own brilliant restaurant which serves delicious and creative Mediterranean food and there is also a poolside bar and café for lighter meals which you can eat out on the terrace. This is a great place for your next golf escape to the Costa Blanca…
Situated just one minute’s walk away from the beach is the lovely four-star Oliva Nova Beach and Golf Hotel. Whilst you are not out relaxing on the beautiful beach to which you have direct access from the hotel to, you can spend time relaxing around the large outdoor lagoon-style pool or in the hotel’s brilliant spa. Each of the elegantly designed rooms is very spacious with a seating area, a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi throughout your stay. Each of the rooms boasts its own covered terrace from which you can have brilliant views out across the complex and of the nearby sand dunes or Montgo Mountains. There are two restaurants onsite, the El Olivio Restaurant with Mediterranean cuisine and a restaurant situated on the poolside’s terrace. You can also find an Irish pub on site and a beach bar. This is a brilliant hotel where you can enjoy a lovely stay and play golf break to the Costa Brava, especially with the excellent Oliva Nova Golf Club.
Hotel Alicante Golf is an excellent four-star hotel situated in a stunning part of the Costa Blanca just 900 yards from San Juan Beach and in the summer, a free transfer from the hotel to the beach is offered but even if you walk, it is only ten minutes. Each of the spacious rooms within the hotel boasts its own private balcony as well as all of the other amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this standard including a TV, minibar and safe. Within the area, you have access to a large shopping area which is also where you can find some restaurants and bars if you are looking to eat and drink outside of the hotel. With beautiful gardens, a fantastic beach nearby, Alicante Golf – the brilliant 18-hole course designed by Seve Ballesteros, a relax area and an outdoor pool – this hotel really has everything that you could possibly need or want for a great golf holiday to the Costa Brava.
The four-star Melia Villaitana is located just under two miles from Benidorm and 20 minutes’ drive from Alicante. The resort offers you a fantastic place to stay with some brilliant amenities and facilities within the hotel as well as easy access to the Villaitana courses. The Melia Villaitana was built in the style of a traditional Mediterranean village and each of the large rooms boasts its own private balcony or terrace. The 25 separate buildings that Melia Villaitana is comprised of imitate picturesque plazas and historic corners of the region which makes staying here a novel experience. Whilst you are not playing on one of the fantastic Villaitana courses (Levante & Poniente) that you are situated between at Melia Villaitana, you can relax in the wellness centre in the sauna or water circuit with thermal baths. Although you are so close to both Alicante and Benidorm where you can find a wide array of different restaurants, bars and nightlife entertainment, the hotel boasts its own excellent restaurants and bars for you to enjoy! This is the perfect place for you to stay if you are looking for great golf, great weather and somewhere to stay which is of excellent quality and value.
Last, but certainly not least on our guide to some of the best hotels and resorts for your next golf break to the Costa Brava is the Las Colinas Residences which are situated in the heart of the beautiful Las Colinas golf course and is a fantastic option for you if you are looking for somewhere great to stay and play where you have the option of self-catering. Each of the individual apartments is fully-fitted with a kitchen, air-conditioning, a satellite TV and a large private terrace or balcony from which you can enjoy stunning views. Whilst you are staying in the apartments, you have easy access to the resort’s communal pools and you can eat out at the clubhouse’s restaurants or choose to dine out on your own private balcony or terrace at your leisure! With arguably one of the best courses in Spain just a few minutes’ walk from your apartment, this really is the ideal place for you if you are looking for the ultimate stay and play resort on the Costa Blanca.
We hope that you have enjoyed this blog and whilst the weather is getting colder you are thinking about when you are going to book your next golf escape to the sun…
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This week’s blog is a focused piece on the brilliant Canary Island – Lanzarote. Lanzarote boasts great golf-playing temperatures almost all-year round with a mild and dry climate which also makes it perfect for holidaying. This is a beautiful place to talk a golf break to and with so many brilliant hotels and golf courses it isn’t hard to see why…
Costa Teguise Golf is a brilliant golf course which is a firm but fair challenge of golfers of all handicaps. This is arguably one of the most prestigious courses in the Canary Islands due to the fact that it boasts spectacular views across the Atlantic Ocean, excellent training facilities and a varied course design that anyone will most certainly enjoy. The course features a range of different holes including doglegs and those that are filled with hazards which means that you will have to rely on your accuracy and strategy if you are looking to score well here especially as its seaside location means that there is always at least a soft breeze making things a little trickier. This is a scenic and impressive course and one that must not be missed out when you are planning your next golf escape to Lanzarote.
Another impressive course the Lanzarote Golf Resort which is set in the heart of Puerto del Carmen and from the course you can enjoy picturesque views of volcanoes. The golf course was designed so that it is playable for golfers of all handicaps which is one of the things that makes it so brilliant as it is a fair challenge for everyone. The course blends into its natural landscape which is very hilly which means that this course has wide undulating fairways which are lined with indigenous plants and mature palm trees which are lying in wait for errant shots. The 12th hole which is a par-3 is considered to be the signature hole here as it is played from the highest point on the course where you can experience simply breathtaking views. This is a brilliant round of golf for golfers of all abilities – a true gem.
If you are looking for a luxurious and peaceful hotel to stay in in Lanzarote then you need look no further than the Barcelo Teguise Beach which is an adult-only hotel just three minutes’ walk from the beach in Costa Teguise. Whilst you are not lying on the beach or by the large outdoor pool you can spend time on one of the nearby golf courses (including Costa Teguise Golf) or if you are looking for a luxurious experience, you can enjoy time in the wellness centre where there is a Turkish Bath as well as some sensation showers and a sauna. Each of the spacious rooms boasts all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this rating as well as a private balcony and outdoor furniture. This is a great hotel in a brilliant location – the perfect destination for your next golf break.
Also close to Costa Teguise Golf and LanzaroteGolf Resort and located just 200 metres from the lovely Playa Grande Beach is Apartamentos Fariones. This lovely apartment resort boasts a brilliant location close to the beach, the promenade where there is an array of shops, bars and restaurants as well as close to two excellent golf courses. There are 138 apartments here and each of them boasts excellent views as well as either a private balcony or terrace, a fully-equipped kitchen and bathroom as well as Wi-Fi. After you have enjoyed a round on one of the excellent golf courses in the area, you can spend time relaxing on the beach or around one of the outdoor pools and this resort is perfect both for families and couples as there is a designated adults-only pool as well as a kids’ club. If you are looking for a place to stay where you are at the centre of all of the action then this is perfect for you.
The four-star Sol Lanzarote Resort is an all-inclusive resort that is set in the centre of Puerto del Carmen on Playa de Matagorda. Within easy distance from the hotel you have access to a wide range of different restaurants and bars as well as 6km of beaches and some brilliant golf. There is so much to do and see within the local area including Cueva de Los Verdes which is one of the world’s largest volcanic tunnels or the Timanfaya National Park where you can enjoy untouched scenery of a volcanic park. All of the rooms at the hotel are spacious and decorated beautifully as they were all renovated recently in 2015. Each of the rooms boasts a private and furnished terrace where you can relax and enjoy either garden, sea or mountain views. With everything that there is to do and see in the area as well as three outdoor pools, a gully-equipped gym, a tennis court and a spa you will never be short of something relaxing to do here.
Another all-inclusive four-star resort is the Hotel Grand Teguise Playa. The hotel is located right on the beachfront of Teguise where you can enjoy different watersports as well as easy access to the bustling Pueblo Marinero square which is lined with restaurants, bars and shops. The hotel boasts two sea water pools and a botanical garden as well as brilliant fitness amenities and the option for a luxurious massage or a trip to the sauna. Whilst you are not out exploring the local area’s different restaurants and bars, you can enjoy brilliant food and drink in the hotel with the hotel’s El Jabillo Restaurant which serves lovely Mediterranean food for lunch and dinner. This is another stunning resort with lovely rooms (some of which boast their own private balcony with sea views) and great facilities in an excellent location.
The five-star Hesperia Lanzarote is a scenic and luxurious resort which is located close to Puerto del Carmen and the brilliant golf courses in the area. Puerto del Carmen is just 10 minutes’ away from the hotel which means that you are within easy access of lots of different bars and restaurants but there are some excellent restaurants at the resort including the a la carte restaurant El Risco which serves authentic Mediterranean cuisine. Each of the 331 rooms at the resort are light and airy with a private balcony or terrace attached to each room from which you can enjoy the breathtaking views. On the resort, there are four swimming pools, a spa and sports club where you can find a gym, a sauna, a Jacuzzi and a Turkish Bath. There is also a kid’s club if you are planning on bringing your family. This is the perfect resort for your next golf break to Lanzarote.
Yet another brilliant resort which boasts easy access to both Lanzarote Golf Resort and Costa Teguise Golf is Seaside Los Jameos Playa which is set just a stone’s throw from the stunning Playa Pocillos Beach in the area of Puerto del Carmen. This four-star resort boasts an excellent beach front location and is only ten minutes’ walk from the town of Matagorda where you can find excellent beaches as well as many different restaurants and bars to enjoy and Puerto del Carmen is only ten minutes’ drive away. All rooms feature the amenities that would be expected from a hotel of this standard as well as either a private furnished terrace or balcony from which you can enjoy beautiful views across the hotel’s surroundings. Whilst you are not out exploring or on one of the golf courses, you can enjoy spending time relaxing by one of the outdoor pools or in the Finnish Spa which is arguably one of the best on the island. This is the perfect resort for you if you are looking for a quieter golf escape but somewhere where you can access lively places easily.
Last, but certainly not least, is Suite Hotel Fariones Playa which is another brilliant four-star complex from which you can have direct access to the beautiful beach as well as easy access to the two brilliant golf courses – Lanzarote Golf Resort and Costa Teguise Golf as you are situated in Puerto del Carmen. The Playa Grande is arguably the most popular beach on the island and it isn’t hard to see why with its white sands and crystal-clear waters and by staying at this resort, you have direct access onto this beach. Each of the luxurious suites within the resort features its own kitchenette and private terrace from which you can enjoy the magnificent views of the local surroundings. With direct access onto the beach, easy access to two brilliant golf courses, several outdoor pools, a spa and a gym you really don’t need much more when you are looking for somewhere lovely to stay for your next golf break to Lanzarote.
With all of these fantastic resorts and hotels as well as the two excellent and scenic golf courses and of course, the year-round mild temperatures – there truly is nowhere better for you to start planning your next golf break to than the beautiful island of Lanzarote.
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This week’s blog is a guide to some very special golf resorts and their courses that are perfect for your 2018 golf escape. With 2017 almost coming to a close it is time to start thinking about when you will next be taking a golf break and where it will be to. These resorts and their courses are certainly worth booking right now for 2018 to avoid disappointment so that you can get the best tee times and dates at these brilliant courses.
First up we have the four-star Chervo Golf Hotel Spa and Resort which is situated in the province of Bresia just a few minutes from the shores of Lake Garda. The hotel boasts 75 rooms and suites and four different room types for you to choose from so that you can tailor your stay here to exactly what you want it to be like. There are two restaurants and three bars to choose from so you are never short of somewhere to eat and drink, even if you remain in the hotel for the duration of your stay! Whilst you are not in one of the pools or at the Wellness Spa Centre, we know that you will be out on the golf course enjoying a round at Chervo Golf San Vigilio. The course boasts 36 holes and 27 of them are championship standard. The course is always in excellent conditions and with very few out of bounds areas and wide fairways, it is an excellent holiday course with exceptional views. This is the perfect place for your next golf escape for 2018 and with all of its excellent facilities as well as 36 holes of golf to play here, it isn’t hard to see why.
The Macdonald Cardrona is a four-star hotel which is situated in amongst the beautiful Scottish Borders countryside. Not only does the hotel boast a scenic location, but it is has good links with both Edinburgh and Glasgow and is very close to the town of Peebles which is a lovely place to venture out to. All of the rooms here are spacious but cosy and feature all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this rating. You can see beautiful views from your room across the Scottish Borders. The hotel boasts some excellent facilities including a spa with a sauna and Jacuzzi, a gym and an award-winning restaurant from which you can look out across the golf course and the Border Hills. The hotel’s onsite golf course, Macdonald Cardrona Golf Club, is a great championship course with undulating fairways and greens that stretch out over 7,000 yards. The course is a firm but fair test of golf and with the River Tweed coming into play on a number of holes, this course requires high levels of accuracy from players if you are to score well! This is arguably one of the most beautiful golfing venues in Scotland which makes it a top contender for your 2018 golf escape, especially if you are looking to stay in the UK rather than travel abroad.
Troia Design Hotel is a contemporary five-star hotel which is situated on the Troia peninsula just two minutes’ walk from the beach. This is a truly brilliant location as you have easy access to a lovely beach, the centre of Lisbon and beautiful views of the Arrabida Hills. The hotel offers you so much to do whilst you are there including: a casino, a fully-equipped spa which is the perfect place to relax and unwind and two large swimming pools (including one infinity pool). There are two onsite restaurants, B&G Restaurant where you can enjoy traditional Portuguese cuisine and the Salinas Brasserie which boasts an international menu with many seafood dishes. With all of these facilities as well as luxurious rooms and suites that all have their own private balcony, air conditioning and flat-screen TV, this is the perfect destination for your next golf break to Portugal and the golf hasn’t even been mentioned yet.
Aqualuz Hotel is just three minutes’ walk from the beautiful sandy beaches of the Troia Peninsula and is an elegant four-star suite property. The hotel boasts 365 apartments and each of them is decorated with a chic style and boasts everything that you could need including a kitchenette, a private balcony and a flat-screen TV. This means that you can cater for yourselves whilst you are here. However, for when you don’t want to cook, the hotel has two onsite restaurants serving delicious food. There is so much to do and enjoy here including the spa which has all of the amenities that you would expect including a Jacuzzi, an indoor pool, a Turkish bath and a sauna. If you are looking for a more active holiday, you won’t be disappointed as there are many other sports to do besides golf including water sports, cycling and trekking. This is a lovely place to stay, especially if you are looking to be self-catered and you are situated in a prime location.
The Troia golf course is the perfect addition to your stay either at Troia Design Hotel or Aqualuz Hotel. Troia golf course is a mix of both parkland and links golf and although there are very few water hazards, there are many strategically placed bunkers along the course and some very penal rough which is lying in wait for any errant shots. This is a course with a friendly welcome, a stunning course with some very interesting and challenging holes and a modern clubhouse to enjoy a drink and even a meal in afterwards. Make sure that these hotels and this course is on your mind when you are next thinking about your 2018 golf holiday.
Last, but certainly not least, on our list of suggestions is the four-star Marriott St Pierre Hotel and Country Club which is situated in Wales. This hotel is set in a stunning location and you can enjoy breathtaking views across over 400 acres of parkland here. The hotel boasts two golf courses, one of which is a stern test of golf and the other is a brilliant holiday course which means that when you are staying here you really do get the best of both world. All of the rooms are luxurious and are fitted with all of the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this rating. Whilst you are not on one of the golf courses, you can enjoy relaxing in the hotel’s spa area or in the fitness club. The hotel’s two onsite restaurants are both brilliant. Morgans Restaurant offers Welsh inspired cuisine in a classic and contemporary setting whilst the Zest Lounge Bar and Eatery offers a more relaxed setting with contemporary dishes. This is a great hotel and one that will offer you the best service and a luxurious stay in a lovely location with excellent golfing options. The Mathern Course at St Pierre Country Club is the shorter and easier of the two courses but provides every golfer with a very enjoyable round. This course boasts a stunning parkland design and a layout that is perfect for golfers of all abilities. The Old Course at St Pierre Country Club has been ranked consistently as one of the top 120 courses in the world and it isn’t hard to see why. This is a long and testing course with some truly outstanding holes, its standout hole is arguably the closing 18th which is spectacular at 235 yards from the edge of the lake to a raised green which means that you must make a precise finishing shot for the putt. Make sure that this hotel and its fantastic golf is on your radar for your next UK golf break.
We hope that you have enjoyed this week’s blog and that when you are planning your next 2018 golf escape, you will think about these hotels and golf courses and consider at least one of them for next year.
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